Funeral services celebrating the life of Elmer Alfred Hoernemann, age 89, of Lester Prairie took place Saturday, April 10 at Prairie Community Church UCC in Lester Prairie. Elmer died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Burns Manor in Hutchinson.
He was born May 4, 1920, in Bergen Township, the son of Peter and Katherine (Feltmann) Hoernemann. Elmer was baptized May 23, 1920, at County Line Church in Norwood Young America by the Rev. Rath, and confirmed into the faith March 23, 1934, at the same church by the Rev. Hafferman.
Elmer attended grade school at School District 57, and graduated in 1938, from Stevens Seminary in Glencoe. He continued his education at Dunwoody Institute, and after graduation from Dunwoody, was employed at Weise and Kuhlmann for a brief time before being drafted.
Elmer served his country in the US Army from April 16, 1942, until October 1945. During this period of time, he never had a furlough. He was initially stationed in England, before being assigned to the Rainbow Division in Germany and France. Elmer was awarded two Campaign Stars, a Combat Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Purple Heart.
Elmer was united in marriage with Geraldine Kolbe June 8, 1945, at Evangelical and Reformed Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. Bunge. The couple resided in Lester Prairie in a home that was designed by Elmer. They shared 62 years of marriage.
Elmer held employment at Kolbe Hardware, and later became a partner. Plumbing and heating was his trade.
From May 1961 until November 1982, he was the Lester Prairie mail carrier. During this time he was proud to earn his private pilot’s license, and enjoyed treating family and friends to rides.
A member of Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, Elmer served on the council and as its president.
He made many contributions to the city of Lester Prairie, serving on the fire department for 17 years, relief association for 10 years, as a Certified Board Inspector, on the planning commission board, and as civil defense director for seven years. Elmer also served on the Lester Prairie School Board for 15 years, being chairman for nine years; the McLeod County Fair Board for 28 years, briefly as chairman; and was an American Legion member for 62 years, including chairman.
Elmer was honored as grand marshal of the Longhorn Days parade in 2004, and in 1974, was honored at the Minnesota State Fair as an outstanding member.
Elmer enjoyed golfing, wood crafting, and traveling. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Orville Hoernemann, Marvin Hoernemann, and Earl Hoernemann.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Geraldine; children Steven Hoernemann (Margaret) of Brownsburg, IN, and SueAnn Fynewever (Mark) of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren Kurtis Ericson (Jamie) of Chicago, IL, and Kristina Ericson of Cincinnati, OH; great-grandchild Landon Howell; sister Rudella VonBerge of Colorado Springs, CO; sister-in-law Myra Hoernemann of Glencoe; as well as many other relatives and friends.
The Rev. Bill Baldwin officiated at the 3 p.m. funeral service. The organist was Carol Heuer. “Onward Christian Soldiers” was the congregational hymn. Visitation preceded the funeral service for two hours at the church. Interment took place Monday, April 12 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Serving as casket bearers were Steven Hoernemann, SueAnn Fynewever, Margaret Hoernemann, Mark Fynewever, Michael Hoernemann, and Curtis Sauter.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. For online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com